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CBS News Launches iPad App

CBS News is launching an application for Apple’s iPad today. The app, which is free, will feature full episodes of CBS News programs such as “Face the Nation” and “CBS Evening News,” which can be streamed over wifi and 3G. It will also have text and video from CBSNews.com. including original web programs @KatieCouric and Washington Unplugged.

The app will have social networking features built-in, allowing users to share stories or video via Facebook, Twitter or email.

CBS News is the second of the network news organizations to launch an iPad app. ABC News got in the game early, launching an iPad app with a custom interface in July.

“The CBS News iPad app makes it easy for our audience to find the news they care about quickly,” said Mark Larkin VP of CBSNews.com in a statement. “It’s a great way to get our award winning CBS News broadcast content and original web content into the hands of our passionate users whenever they want wherever they are.”

The press release, with more information about the app, is after the jump.

CBS NEWS LAUNCHES IPAD APP

Features Latest News and In-depth Coverage, Including Videos from Award-winning CBS News Broadcasts and Original Coverage from CBSNews.com

NEW YORK, September 13, 2010 – CBS News today announced the launch of the CBS News app for iPad, now available for free in the App Store. The CBS News iPad app is the latest product in an expanding line of CBS News apps, with distribution now on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Symbian platforms. The CBS News iPad app delivers the latest news stories, videos, and photo galleries from the complete roster of award-winning CBS News broadcasts, with videos from THE EARLY SHOW, 48 HOURS MYSTERY, CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, SUNDAY MORNING, FACE THE NATION and UP TO THE MINUTE, as well as original content from CBSNews.com including webcasts, such as @KATIECOURIC and WASHINGTON UNPLUGGED, and blogs such as POLITICAL HOTSHEET, CRIMESIDER and CELEBRITY CIRCUIT.

Developed by CBS Mobile, the app delivers full video episodes and clips over WiFi and 3G networks to ensure an optimal viewing experience – wherever and however users are connected. An elegant, easy-to-navigate interface allows users to quickly select and view a vast array of content. With two taps on the iPad, users can look at video or read entire articles. CBS News fans can catch daily videos of the latest breaking stories, as well as browse CBSNews.com’s extensive offering of original blog and video content. As well, the app offers the ability to download and store content for later offline viewing.

The CBS News app for iPad prominently features the day’s top stories, and provides fully searchable news categories including U.S., World, Politics, SciTech, Health, Entertainment, MoneyWatch, Sports, Crime, and Opinion. Each category offers rich CBS News coverage, with a timeline of the latest articles and videos. The app also delivers related stories, videos and extensive photo galleries. With one-touch social networking features, users can share stories with friends and colleagues via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

“The CBS News app for iPad makes it easy for mobile users to spend time interacting with and sharing the world of CBS News, from award-winning broadcasts to live reports from the front lines,” said Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Mobile. “We’re committed to delivering content to users across all relevant mobile platforms; the versatility of the iPad allowed us to create a fast, intuitive app for CBS fans as well as new audiences.

“The CBS News iPad app makes it easy for our audience to find the news they care about quickly,” said Mark Larkin vice president, CBSNews.com. “It’s a great way to get our award winning CBS News broadcast content and original web content into the hands of our passionate users whenever they want wherever they are.”

Features of the CBS News app for iPad include:

●   Latest News: Get the latest news and developments on stories throughout the day from CBS News and CBSNews.com. Users also have the option to save articles for offline viewing.

●   Easy Browsing: Search news by content type, and easily find other popular related content on the same page. Depending on their preference, users can view the app in portrait mode, browsing headlines and related thumbnail photos, or use the app in landscape mode, in which graphic previews immediately turn into more in-depth text previews.

●   Weather Targeted to Your Location: Powered by AccuWeather, the CBS News iPad app provides real time and extended weather forecasts targeted automatically by each user’s location. Users can also check weather conditions in other cities.

●   Dedicated Shows Section: The easy-to-browse Shows section lets users quickly find articles, clips, and full episodes from CBS News and CBSNews.com broadcasts.

●   Social Media Integration: Users can email stories or share them via Twitter and Facebook.

●   Stock Look Up: Users can keep a close eye on the stock market through CBS MoneyWatch.

The CBS News iPad app was developed in conjunction with Treemo Labs, a leading Apps publishing platform company,and is now available for free from the App Store, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

About CBS News

CBS News is the news and information arm of CBS Corporation, dedicated to providing the best in journalism under standards it pioneered at the dawn of radio and television and continues to set in today’s digital age. Headquartered in New York, CBS News includes bureaus across the globe and influential, critically acclaimed programs providing news- making features and interviews,  investigative reports, analysis and breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, utilizing a multi-platform model for news distribution across television (CBS Television Network), radio (CBS Radio Network), the Internet (CBSNews.com) and hand-held devices (CBS Mobile). CBS News’ multiple-award-winning programs include its flagship daily news program THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, #1 news magazine 60 MINUTES, fastest growing network morning program THE EARLY SHOW, top-rated true-crime magazine show 48 HOURS MYSTERY, newsmaking Washington public-affairs show FACE THE NATION and #1 Sunday morning program SUNDAY MORNING.  Other CBS News originals range from CBS Radio’s WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP, broadcasting’s longest running program, to CBSNews.com’s innovative new webcasts and blogs, available at www.cbsnews.com.

About CBS Mobile

CBS Mobile, a unit of CBS Interactive Inc., is charged with building CBS Corporation’s wireless business across entertainment, sports and news for CBS, The CW, and CBS Paramount Television.  As part of this mission, CBS Mobile offers consumers some of the most innovative and best-of wireless content available today, ranging from the nation’s first mobile video alerts for CBS Mobile News, CBS Sports Mobile and entertainment properties, to some of the nation’s largest mobile Web sites, made-for-mobile video on all major carriers, a 24/7 mobile television network, and partnerships with the world’s more leading edge mobile technology and ad targeting companies.  CBS Corporation is the parent company of CBS Interactive Inc.

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